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Degree Programme in Information Studies

Information Studies is a field of Humanities and Social Sciences, and related to Communication Studies. It examines the creation and production, organization, seeking and retrieval, dissemination and sharing, as well as the usage and impact of information in different environments of human activity and society.

The emergence of the Internet has increased the demand for information specialists in various professional fields. The degrees grant qualifications for specialist work in planning, development, research and service tasks in private and public sectors including libraries, archives and museums and formally qualify for work in public libraries in particular. The degree programme has a link with TIEMA, a Master’s Programme in Science Communication. Through a selection of minor subject studies students have the opportunity to become communication-oriented Information Specialists. The multidisciplinary nature of the University of Oulu enables specialised minor subject studies.

Research conducted is of excellent international quality according to the research quality assessment exercise of Communication Studies in 2013 (see the Academy of Finland) and of the University of Oulu in 2014 and 2007.

Research is conducted in multi- and interdisciplinary collaboration. At the University of Oulu research on health information and communication involves partners from the fields of clinical medicine, medical technology, public health, sports and exercise medicine, nutritional science and information systems science, and research on literacies from educational sciences and different fields of technology. Collaborating universities among others are Åbo Akademi University, the University of Tampere, the University of Sheffield, UK, and Tsukuba University, Japan.

The teaching language of Information Studies is Finnish, part of teaching may be provided in English.

 

BA, Major Subject Information Studies

Profile of the Degree: 

Information Studies is a field of Communication Studies, which examines the creation, production, organization, seeking and retrieval, dissemination and sharing, usage and impact of information in different environments of human activity and society. Internet has increased the demand of information expertise in many fields.

 

MA, Major Subject Information Studies

Profile of the Degree: 

Information Studies is a field of Communication Studies, which examines the creation, production, organization, seeking and retrieval, dissemination and sharing, usage and impact of information in different environments of human activity and society. Internet has increased the demand of information expertise in many fields. The program of information studies is combined with the Master’s Degree Programme in Science Communication (TIEMA), which gives the students an option to emphasise communication studies as a part of their information expertise.

 

Employment prospects

The Information Studies programme provides students with the skills required for tasks related to planning, research and expertise in public, scientific and private libraries, information management units, information services and research institutions, for instance. Approximately half of the major subject students of Information Studies gain employment in libraries, while the other half typically finds employment in other information professions within the public sector or in private businesses. Potential careers include librarian and library director, information specialist, information officer and chief of information services. Office positions usually require completion of Basic and Intermediate Studies in Information Studies as well as a university degree.

 

Last updated: 5.7.2016